Harford history

October 30, 2005

1740: William Paca born on Oct. 31 near Abingdon

One of Harford County's most prominent citizens was William Paca, who was born Oct. 31, 1740, at Chilberry Hall near Abingdon. He is perhaps best known for signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, but he also was a member of the First Continental Congress, chief judge of the Superior Court of Maryland, and governor from 1782 to 1785. In 1789, President George Washington appointed him federal district judge. Paca maintained his love of Maryland and retained a strong connection to the county throughout his life. He died in Talbot County at the age of 59.

Our Harford Heritage, by C. Milton Wright

Research by Harford County Public Library

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